Firefighters and supporters marched up and down and all around the bleachers at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds this morning.

This symbolic event, organized by the Vernon Parish Honor Guard, was enacted in memory of first responders' who lost their lives during the events of September 11, 2001 in New York City, when hijacked planes were crashed in acts of terror. 

The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way for firefighters and the community to honor and remember the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) firefighters who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live.

Each participant pays tribute by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.

This act not only remembers and honors the sacrifice of 343 FDNY firefighters, but symbolically completes their journey to save others.

Those who completed the stair climb received a t-shirt stating “we climb because they climbed.” It notes the 343 firefighters, 10 EMS responders, and 60 police officers who lost their lives as a result of the 9/11 attacks.

Following the Vernon Parish Stair Climb, participants and supporters enjoyed food vendors, live DJ, and a jump house for kids.